Dental assistant charged in drug case
by Wes Mayer
A woman who was employed with Hugh Maddux, the Newnan dentist found guilty of illegal drug distribution in November, was recently arrested and indicted on numerous unlawful distribution charges.
On Sunday, Lisa Anne Bergeron, 45, was arrested on charges of conspiracy to commit a crime, deposit account fraud and 14 counts of unlawful distribution by a lawful distributor. On Wednesday, she posted bond for $15,550, according to Coweta County Jail records.
Bergeron was indicted in March by the Coweta County Superior Court, and her expected arraignment date is April 21, said Assistant District Attorney Trey Reeves.
Maddux pleaded guilty in November and was sentenced by United States District Judge William S. Duffey to serve 13 months in prison followed by a three-year supervised release. Last year, after Maddux sold his dental practice, Hugh N. Maddux Dentistry on Hospital Road in Newnan, authorities learned Maddux wrote and signed hundreds of prescriptions for controlled substances between 2009 and 2011.
During the investigation, authorities met with many of the patients, who claimed they were addicted to the drugs prescribed through Maddux’s office. Many patients admitted to receiving narcotics prescriptions without being examined or would pick up the prescriptions outside the office after hours.
Bergeron’s exact involvement in the illegal distribution of narcotics is unknown at this time, although during the time period authorities investigated, Bergeron worked as a receptionist and as an assistant at Maddux’s office.